Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Investigation of the Relationship Between Internalized Stigma and Happiness Levels of Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

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Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Ataturk University Faculty of Nursing, Erzurum, Turkey

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Health Sciences, Sultan II. Abdulhamid Han Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan Training and Research Hospital, Rize, Turkey

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Department of Nursing, Muş Alparslan University Faculty of Health Sciences, Muş, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2023; 31: 145-151
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2023.22249
Read: 866 Downloads: 426 Published: 06 October 2023

AIM: This study aimed to examine the relationship between internalized stigma and happiness levels of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.

METHOD: This cross-sectional study was conducted between March and June 2021 with 100 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia conducted in a Community Mental Health Centre in the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. Data were collected using Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness and the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire.

RESULTS: A negative statistically significant relationship was determined between the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness and Oxford Happiness Questionnaire. In addition, there was a positive correlation between the stigma resistance subdimension of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness and Oxford Happiness Questionnaire. The internalized stigma levels of the participating patients accounted for 35.1% of their happiness levels. The stigma resistance subdimension of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness scale affected the patients’ happiness levels.

CONCLUSION: There was a negative significant relationship between the individuals’ internalized stigma and happiness levels. More comprehensive interventions are needed to combat the stigma of mental disorders in Türkiye so that individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia can lead a happy life in society.

Cite this article as: Şahin Altun, Ö., Özer, D., Güngör, Z., & Şahin, F. (2023). Investigation of the relationship between internalized stigma and happiness levels of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 31(3), 145-151.

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